TMJ

TMJ–More Than Just a Pain in Your Jaw

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a small joint located in front of the ear where the skull and lower jaw meet. It permits the lower jaw to move and allows for movement, such as talking, chewing, and yawning. Temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders, are a group of conditions that cause pain and dysfunction in the […]

Swimming and Your Teeth

You Know about Swimmer’s Ear. But What about Swimmer’s Teeth?   Have your teeth ever felt extra sensitive after a swim at the pool? That’s no coincidence, although it can take quite a lot of swimming before the effects become noticeable. What is it about the water in swimming pools that damages teeth? Chlorine: Good For […]

5 Dental Terms You Think You Know, But Do You?

Here are five dental terms that you might have heard before, but didn’t really know what they mean or why they are important. Impacted Tooth: When a tooth is unable to fully enter the mouth it is said to be “impacted”. In general, an impacted tooth is prevented from breaking through the gums either by […]

Bigger is NOT Always Better

Biting Off More than You Can Chew?   It is becoming more and more common for many of us to grab a bite to eat in a hurry. We, as Americans, have grown accustomed to larger food portions, but our mouths have not…and trying to fit that oversized sandwich into your mouth might be worse […]

Swimming and Your Teeth

You Know about Swimmer’s Ear. But What about Swimmer’s Teeth?   Have your teeth ever felt extra sensitive after a swim at the pool? That’s no coincidence, although it can take quite a lot of swimming before the effects become noticeable. What is it about the water in swimming pools that damages teeth? Chlorine: Good For […]

4 Ways TMJ Can Be More Than Just a Pain in Your Jaw

Think TMJ Pain is Only Affecting Your Jaw? Think Again.   The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a small joint located in front of the ear where the skull and lower jaw meet. It permits the lower jaw to move and allows for movement, such as talking, chewing, and yawning. Temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders, are […]

5 Dental Terms You Think You Know, But Do You?

  Here are five dental terms that you might have heard before, but didn’t really know what they mean or why they are important. Impacted Tooth: When a tooth is unable to fully enter the mouth it is said to be “impacted”. In general, an impacted tooth is prevented from breaking through the gums either […]

What is Orthognathic Surgery?

What is Orthognathic Surgery? Simply put, it is corrective jaw surgery. It is surgery to correct conditions of the jaw and face related to structure, growth, sleep apnea, TMJ disorders, jaw misalignment, or congenital problems like cleft palate that cannot be easily treated with braces. While an orthodontist uses techniques to straighten out teeth, those approaches […]

Um. Excuse Me. Your Tori are Showing…

        Like our Secret Patient last week, have you ever discovered a strange or unexpected growth in your mouth near the jaw line, on your gums, on the roof of your mouth, or under your tongue? While they can look scary or gross, an exostosis or torus (plural: exostes or tori) can […]

What Is An Oral Surgeon and Why Would I Need To See One?

What Does It Take To Be An Oral Surgeon? Sometimes we forget what our doctors and care providers went through to become highly trained professionals. While we see them as the caring individuals who “magically” know about our problems and how to fix them, we don’t know all that went into making them specialists. Let’s […]